Blocking Out Time

Blocking Out Time
Blocking Out Time

The management guru, Peter Drucker, recommends that executives get a firm grip on their discretionary time.

Discretionary time is time that is under their personal control — about 25 percent of which is discretionary time — as opposed to committed time, which is time already committed to meetings and routine work.

You too have discretionary time that you need to plan. You should set aside or block out time in workable chunks that will allow you to work on priority tasks undisturbed.

Types of activities

To make effective use of your blocked-out time, you need to ensure that you are realistic about the time you set aside, and ensure that you set aside time for specific activities. There are four types of activities that you should consider blocking out time for:

  • Planning — Make sure that you block out time for advance planning. You can also use the time to make sure you have the resources available when you need to undertake tasks or attend meetings.
  • Reviewing — Learn from your mistakes and successes. Take time to reflect on what you’ve done well, and what has gone wrong, and use what you learn to inform future projects.

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